With so many patterns out there to try we know how difficult it is to choose. While we are very proud of our patterns, we know that you might have another design in mind that you prefer, but this doesn't mean you can't try out Yarn Stories yarns. When we began developing our brand we decided to produce yarns in standard weights such as Aran, DK and 4 ply to give you more opportunity to use them in all kinds of patterns.
It's always good practice to swatch a yarn before you start a pattern, but even more important if you are using a different yarn to make sure it performs as you expect. Your pattern will tell you the tension you need, usually the number of stitches and rows per 10cm square. If your square comes up larger than 10 cm, drop a needle size, if it's too small, go up a needle size. This also gives you the chance to see if you are going to like the resulting fabric.
Different yarns have different lengths on the ball so you need to make sure you buy enough yarn for your project. Look at your pattern and choose your size. Work out how many balls you would need of the original yarn and find out how many metres there are on a ball - you can usually find this information on Ravelry. Then multiply by the number of balls to give the total metreage which you need. Now take the metres per ball from Yarn Stories yarn and divide that into the total metreage to find out how much of our yarn you will need to buy knit your pattern .
Think carefully about the fibre content of the yarn you have chosen compared to the original because every fibre has different properties. Substituting Yarn Stories Fine Merino DK for a cotton yarn will produce a completely different effect. This may be something you don't mind or may not matter but do think about it carefully.
And here's one we made earlier. We're huge fans of Kate Davies and this motif appears in a number of her designs such as Epistrophy, Epistropheid and Jazz Hands. Here we have used Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4 ply in Dark Chocolate and Spring. The pattern is a delight to knit and we love this mint choc chip colour combination.
We hope you find these tips useful.